Mary Aunita Prebula

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Business Litigation Attorney in Atlanta, GA

Prebula & Associates LLC
 | 3400 Peachtree Rd NE, Suite 1250 Lenox Towers North
Atlanta, GA 30326
Phone: 770-495-9090
Fax: 770-497-2363
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2019 - 2020
Licensed Since: 1984
Practice Areas:
  • Business Litigation (30%),
  • Family Law (20%),
  • Employment Litigation: Plaintiff (20%),
  • Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff (10%),
  • Insurance Coverage (10%),
  • Estate Planning & Probate (10%)
Attorney Profile

Mary Aunita Prebula is an attorney with Prebula & Associates LLC who represents clients in Atlanta, Georgia, and the surrounding areas. With over 30 years of experience, Ms. Prebula handles matters of business litigation, family law, employment litigation, personal injury, insurance coverage, and estate planning and probate. Within those areas she has deep experience in unfair competition, federal civil practice, ERISA, sex discrimination and products liability.

In 1974, Ms. Prebula graduated with a Bachelor of Arts from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She then attended the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, where she obtained a Master of Education in 1978. Her education completed with a Juris Doctor she obtained in 1984 from Emory University School of Law.

Ms. Prebula is admitted to practice in the state of Georgia and before the United States District Court for the Northern District of Georgia, the Supreme Court of Georgia, the Georgia Court of Appeals, the United States Supreme Court, the United States Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit and the United States District Court for the Middle District of Georgia. For her high ethical standards and long list of successful results, Ms. Prebula holds the highest peer rating possible of AV Preeminent* from Martindale-Hubbell.

A member of the State Bar of Georgia, Ms. Prebula is also actively involved in the Atlanta Bar Association and the Gwinnett County Bar Association. In her effort to improve her practice and the legal profession, she holds memberships with the Georgia Trial Lawyers Association, the Georgia Association for Women Lawyers and the American Bar Association.

* AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished and Martindale-Hubbell Notable are certification marks used under license in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell® is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Rating™ fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.

 
Practice Areas
Lawyer Practice Area Pie Chart

Business Litigation (30%)

Family Law (20%)

Employment Litigation (20%): Employment Discrimination

Personal Injury - General (10%)

Insurance Coverage (10%)

Estate Planning & Probate (10%): Probate & Estate Administration

Focus Areas

Employment Discrimination, Probate & Estate Administration

Selections

Selected to Super Lawyers for 2 yearsbottom-image

Super Lawyers: 2019 - 2020

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About Mary Prebula

Admitted: 1984, Georgia

Professional Webpage: http://www.martindale.com/Mary-A-Prebula/877969-lawyer.htm

Honors/Awards:

  • Phi Delta Phi, Emory University School Of Law, 1982-1984
  • Legal Association Of Women Students, Emory University School Of Law, 1982-1984
  • Vice President, Emory University School Of Law, 1982-1983
  • Environmental Law Society, Emory University School Of Law, 1981-1984
  • Moot Court Society, Emory University School Of Law, 1982-1984
  • International Law Society, Emory University School Of Law, 1982-1984
  • National Scholarship Award, Phi Mu Sorority, University Of North Carolina At Chapel Hill
  • Emory University Scholarship, Emory University School Of Law, 1981-1984
  • American Jurisprudence Award-Contracts, Emory University School Of Law, 1981
  • University Of North Carolina At Greensboro, Masters Of Education Thesis 1977
  • Secretary Of Residence College Association, University Of North Carolina At Chapel Hill
  • UNC Parents’ Council 2004-2008, Emeritus 2008-Present
  • President Of Pledge Class, Phi Mu Sorority, University Of North Carolina At Chapel Hill
  • Dean's List, University Of North Carolina At Chapel Hill
  • James M. Johnston Honors Scholar, University Of North Carolina At Chapel Hill
  • UNC General Alumni Association 1975-Present
  • European Tour for International Understanding, 1970 North Carolina Representative, Tour sponsored by the National Association of Secondary School Principals
  • 2013 Tradition of Excellence Award for General Practice. This award acknowledges service to the bar and the profession and requires at least 20 years of legal practice. Only 4 are awarded each year. Mary received it for General Practice. She is 1 of only 6 women to receive this award. This award is recognition by her peers that has contributed significantly to the practice of law in Georgia., Tradition of Excellence Award, State Bar of Georgia, General Practice and Trial Section, 2013
  • Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Ratings—AV Preeminent, the Highest Possible Rating in  Both Legal Ability & Ethical Standards. 
  • Georgia’s Top Rated Lawyers--Mary has repeatedly been recognized in this group of the top 5% of the legal profession for her excellence in legal skills and ethics since she achieved AV rated status through Martindale--Hubell.  
  • Bar Register of Preeminent Women Lawyers--AV Preeminent, Martindale-Hubbell (2011 Inaugural Ed. through the present).

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Annual State Bar Meeting GAWL Program Committee, 1992-1993
  • Local Bar Associations Committee, State of Georgia, 1991-1992
  • Chair, Annual State Bar Meeting GAWL Program Committee, 1993
  • Programs Committee, State Bar Of Georgia, 1991-1992
  • Environmental Law Section, State Bar Of Georgia, 1987-2007
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, 11/20/1986
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 05/03/2010
  • U.S. District Court, Middle District of Georgia, 09/10/1992
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, 09/25/1987
  • Court of Appeals of Georgia, 06/15/1984
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Georgia, 06/15/1984
  • Supreme Court of Georgia, 06/15/1984
  • Georgia State and Superior Courts
  • AMERICAN BAR ASSOCIATION - 1984-Present ABA Advisory Panel Member Litigation Section 1990-Present Pretrial Practice & Discovery Committee 1990-Present Natural Resources, Energy and Environmental Law Section 1990-2006 Career Issues Committee 1990-1995 Young Lawyers Division, 1984-1990, 2019
  • AMERICAN BAR FOUNDATION - Fellow, 2019-Present, 2019
  • STATE BAR OF GEORGIA - 1984-Present Formal Advisory Opinion Board 2014-Present General Practice and Trial Law Section 1984-Present (Board Member, 2005-Present; Chair 2007-2008; Chair, GPTS Annual Trial Institute 2008) Discovery and Electronically Stored Information Task Force 2013-Present (Chair 2014-2015) E-Discovery Joint Task Force with the Georgia Chamber of Commerce 2012-2014 Judicial Procedure & Uniform Rules Committee 2010-Present (Chair 2012-2013; Co-Chair 2014-2015, 2011-2012; Chair, Subcommittee on Electronic Discovery, 2011-2012) Overview of the General Counsel's Office Committee 1997-2000 (Co-Chair 1998-1999; Subcommittee on Lawyer Discipline, 2000; Subcommittee on Ethics Hot Line 1999-2000 (Chair 1999)) Women and Minorities in the Profession Committee 1997-2000, 1991-1995 (Co-Chair 1997-1999) Committee to Examine the Role of Legal Assistants 1991-1998 (Chair 1993-1996) Attorney-Client Relations Committee 1997-1998 Institute of Trial Advocacy Committee 1990-1991     Board of Governors 1991-1995, 2019
  • GWINNETT COUNTY BAR ASSOCIATION, 1993-Present Pro Bono Committee (Chair, 1999-2002); Law Day Committee, 1995; Gwinnett Pro Bono Project Award 1995 and 1996, 2019
  • ATLANTA BAR ASSOCIATION, 2015-Present, 1984-2013Litigation Section, 1987-Present; Environmental Law Section, 1992-Present; Atlanta Council for Younger Lawyers Section, 1984-1990; Work Options Task Force, 1989-1992 (Chair, 1989-1990); Appellate Advocacy Competition, March 2001  , 2019
  • ATLANTA BAR FOUNDATION, Charter Lifetime Fellow, 1999-Present, 2019
  • LAW RELATED EDUCATION CONSORTIUM, Carl Vinson Institute of Government, The University of Georgia, 1991-Present Executive Committee, 1991-1993; Treasurer, 1991-1993; Finance Committee, 1992-1999, 2019
  • GEORGIA TRIAL LAWYERS ASSOCIATION, 1999-Present, 2019
  • GEORGIA NATIONAL EMPLOYMENT LAWYERS ASSOCIATION, 2000-Present, 2019
  • LAWYERS FOUNDATION OF GEORGIA, Fellow 1999-Present, 2019
  • EMORY UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF LAW ALUMNI ASSOCIATION, 1991-PresentExecutive Committee, Member at Large, 1993-1996; Nominating Committee for Law School Executive Committee, 1992-1993; Annual Law Firm Fund Raising Campaign, 1991-1993 (Chair, 1992-1993; Steering Committee Member, 1991-1992), 2019
  • GEORGIA ASSOCIATION FOR WOMEN LAWYERS, 1984-2000 (President, 1990-1991; Treasurer, 1989-1990; Executive Board, 1989-1994)  Annual State Bar Meeting Program Committee, 1992-1993 (Chair, 1993) Scholarship Committee, 1992-1997 (Founding Chair, 1992-1993) Gubernatorial Forum Committee, 1990 Judicial Selection Committee, 1990-2000 (Vice-Chair, 1992-1993), 2000

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • Judge/Evaluator, High School Mock Trial Program, 1991-2003
  • Coach, Wesleyan School, High School Mock Trial Program, 2003-2007
  • Leadership Gwinnett, Graduate 1995-1996
  • Participant, Gwinnett County Legal Aid, 1993-Present
  • Chair, Business Associate Of The Year Committee, American Business Women's Association, 1996
  • Steering Committee, Gwinnett County Legal Aid
  • Founder’s Committee, Gwinnett County Legal Aid
  • Chair, Public Service Awards Committee, American Business Women's Association, 1996
  • Public Service Awards Committee, American Business Women's Association, 1994-1996  
  • Business Associate Of The Year Committee, American Business Women's Association, 1994-1996
  • Scholarship Committee Chair, American Business Women's Association, 1997-1998
  • Woman Of The Month, American Business Women's Association, 1999
  • American Business Women's Association, 1994-2005
  • Committee On Establishing Teen Court In Gwinnett County, Duluth Kiwanis Club 2002-2003
  • Member, Duluth Kiwanis Club, 2000 – 2004
  • Pro Bono Legal Services, Mount Pisgah United Methodist Church, 1999-Present
  • Elementary School Mock Trial Program, Organizer And Instructor For Woodward Academy North Mock Trial Program, 1998-6th Grade, 1995-3rd Grade, 1994-2nd Grade,1993-1st Grade
  • Finance Committee, Mount Pisgah United Methodist Church, 2001–2002
  • Hospital Foundation Service Project, Mount Pisgah United Methodist Church, 2001
  • Costa Rica Missions, Mount Pisgah United Methodist Church, 2006-2007
  • Chancel Choir, Mount Pisgah United Methodist Church, 2008
  • Chancel Choir, Mount Pisgah United Methodist Church, 1999–2003
  • Member, Mount Pisgah United Methodist Church, 1999-Present
  • GWINNETT PRO BONO PROJECT AWARD, Gwinnett County Bar Association, 1996
  • GWINNETT PRO BONO PROJECT AWARD, Gwinnett County Bar Association, 1995

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • Managing Editor, Emory Law Journal, Emory University School Of Law, 1983-1984
  • Staff, Emory Law Journal, Emory University School Of Law, 1982-1983
  • "New Developments in Georgia Environmental Laws and the Hazardous Site Inventory," and Speech, Institute of Continuing Legal Education in Georgia (1994).
  • "Fiduciary Litigation Discovery:  Practical Applications," Institute of Continuing Legal Education in Georgia, and Speech, Co-author (1990).
  • "Right-to-Know Laws," Executive Enterprises, Inc., and Speech, Co-author(1990).
  • "NPDES -- Water Permits and Toxic Control Program Under Sections 304 and 307 of the Clean Water Act," Industry Council on the Environment, Safety and Health, and Speech, Co-author (1990)
  • "The RCRA Penalty Policy and Pollution Prevention Projects," Institute of Continuing Legal Education in Georgia, and Speech, Co-author (1992).
  • "Recent Environmental Developments of Interest," Newsletter, Environmental Law Section of the State Bar of Georgia (1992).
  • "Effective Use of Environmental Counsel in Bankruptcy Cases," JDRP Internal Publication, and Speech, Co-author (1992).
  • “Electronic Discovery in Small Business Litigation”, General Practice and Trial Institute,             State Bar of Georgia, Amelia Island, FL (2010)
  • "EMF Litigation," Environmental Law Section Newsletter, State Bar of Georgia (Summer, 1994).
  • "E[lecro] M[agnetic] F[requency] Litigation," Environmental Litigation Committee Newsletter, American Bar Association, Vol. 7, No. 1, at 6 (1995).
  • "Corporate Legal Matters," Gwinnett Charter Chapter, American Business Women’s Association, Speech (1999)
  • "Plaintiff’s Civil Litigation," Civil Justice Panel, Justice Day, Leadership Gwinnett, Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce, Speech (2001).
  • “Georgia Civil Procedure: General Provisions Governing Discovery, Requests for Admissions, and Considerations in Trial by Jury”, Gwinnett County Bar Association Seminar Safari, The Serengeti, Kilimanjaro, Tanzania, East Africa (2007)
  • “Suggestions for Mediation of the Difficult Case:  Kin Representation, Surveillance, Hotheads, and Other Challenges”, and Speech, Institute of Continuing Legal Education in Georgia (2008).
  • “Guidelines for Electronic Discovery, Parts 1 and 2”, Gwinnett Bar Association Monthly Newsletter (April and May, 2010)
  • “Discovery Issues and Social Media” General Practice and Trial Institute, State Bar of Georgia, St. Simons Island, Georgia (2017).
  • “E-Discovery Basics”, General Practice and Trial Institute, State Bar of Georgia, Amelia Island, FL (2011).
  • “Mediation Pointers”, New Lawyers Seminar, State Bar of Georgia, ICLE (2011).
  • “E-Discovery for Small Firms”, Solo and Small Firm Summer Seminar, State Bar of Georgia, Atlanta, GA (2012)
  • “Selected Issues in E-Discovery”,  General Practice and Trial Institute, State Bar of Georgia, Amelia Island, FL (2012)
  • “Litigation Issues and E-Discovery:  Holding Your Own With the Big Guns”,  General Practice and Trial Institute, State Bar of Georgia, Calloway Gardens, Georgia (2014).
  • Georgia Procedure, Civil Procedure:  Discovery, Pretrial Procedure and Conduct of Trial, Generally, Co-author, Lawyers Cooperative Publishing (2008 & 1995 Editions).       
  • “Service is a Good Thing”, American Bar Association, Women and the Law Committee, DLI-266528305v3 (2016)

Other Outstanding Achievements:

  • EMORY LAW JOURNAL, 1982-1984 (Managing Editor, 1983-1984; Staff, 1982-1983), 1983

Educational Background:

  • B.A. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1975
  • M.Ed. University of North Carolina at Greensboro, 1978

Industry Groups

  • COMPUTER CONSULTING
  • Contract Disputes
  • Employment Contracts
  • ERISA--HEALTH INSURANCE AND PENSION CLAIMS
  • Families
  • General Business
  • Probate
  • Residential Construction
  • Wills
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3400 Peachtree Rd NE
Suite 1250 Lenox Towers North
Atlanta, GA 30326

Phone: 770-495-9090

Fax: 770-497-2363

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